MAP Testing this Week • Summer Learning Loss • 7th Grade Internal Combustion Engines 2015

Thank you Mr Batista and Mr Major

MAP Stations in Science, 4-8 Lab, K-3 Kiwanis Music Lab • Thank you Mr Batista & Mr Major!

MAP Testing: All K-8 Students are taking the Measures of Academic Progress assessment this week. It is a “low-stakes” (not reported to the state)—and hopefully low-anxiety— test that helps us assess growth over an academic year.

Things to watch for if discussing MAP test with your children:

  • The MAP test is adaptive (it gets harder if you’re doing well–so if your child thought questions got too hard, tell them “That’s a good thing!”)
  • The MAP test is designed to measure how much you’ve learned (i.e., how hard you worked this year) not how good you are at solving test questions.
  • The MAP test results will help you and your teachers “challenge your strengths and strengthen your weaknesses.”

Summer Learning Loss MAP line graph Sample

  • The MAP test showed us last year that many students have a large summer learning loss in math (and sometimes in reading). Stay tuned for links and news from Mr Batista on an OTA Online Summer Learning Academy to help prevent summer learning loss (“10 Minutes a Day is All We Ask!”)

Seventh Grade Thermal Energy Project: Internal Combustion Engines

To Earn Credit for this Project: Download plans for your engine, disassemble, identify parts, Pass Exam on Function of each Part and its place in the Energy Chain.

Reminder: Today is a Half Day • Monday is a Holiday • Yearbook Orders Due Today!

  • Today, Friday May 22 is a Half-Day: 12 PM Dismissal
  • Yearbook Orders are Due Today
  • Monday, May 25 is a Holiday
    Memorial Day

Remember- no school on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings….

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This Week is Teacher Appreciation Week • Call for Volunteers • “It’s All About Quality Teaching”

The Learning Curve-Voice of San DiegoFrom “The Learning Curve: Go Where the Good Teachers Are,” by Voice of San Diego reporter Mario Koran

QuestionWhat kinds of school qualities have a measurable impact on student “success,” however we choose to define that? We talk a lot about API scores or class sizes, but in the grand scheme of things, which factors have the most real and important impact on preparing kids for the future? – parent in Mission Valley 

Answered by Paula Cordeiro, dean of the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. In addition, she helps get schools up and running in developing countries. When I first reached out to her on this question, she wrote me from Ghana:

Well, the research on in-school learning is quite clear about the key factors for student success. It’s all about quality teaching. So, first and foremost, teachers matter. Give a school all high-quality teachers, and I’ll guarantee there will be lots of learning taking place… 

I believe it very much matters what schools we send our children to. Because I’ve spent my entire career working with and in schools and studying the research on learning, I can spend a few hours in a school and tell you if it’s worth considering sending your children there.

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Dear OTA Parents, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week, please help us show our teachers at OTA how much we appreciate them by bringing small item to your child’s teacher each day.  It’s a small gesture that goes a long way.

  • Monday:  Have your child bring a flower.
  • Tuesday:  Have your child bring a piece of fruit.
  • Wednesday:  Lunch for the teachers.  The Alicia Gwynn Food Truck will provide the food for the teachers but we will need parent volunteers to cover the class while the teachers have lunch.
    • Please sign up to volunteer.  Class communicators will be reaching out with sign up genius links.
  • ThursdayHave your child bring a note for their teacher. 

Thank you for participating!

Regards,

Kuan Collins
OTA Foundation President

Yosemite Update – All Are Well – 7 PM Estimated Return Time – Stay Tuned for Arrival Time Updates

Traffic and Rain in LA are delaying the arrival time— Mr Major
Day 3 Yosemite 2015-Lukens Lake 1000Lukens Lake

Yesterday, Day was spent hiking and biking. Cell reception has been poor so updates (and Pictures) hard to send, but stormy weather was predicted. Students head home today: estimated arrival time is 6 PM. But stay tuned for updates as travel time may change due to weather.Day 3 Yosemite 2015-View from Top of Nevada Falls
View from the top of Nevada Falls

Farewell Note from Mr. Jon Doar, Heading Home to England

Jon & Tom Doar Chicago BoundTom Doar Train Trip to Chicago
Bon Voyage to Mr Jon Doar and Tom Doar • We will Miss You!

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Read Volunteer of the Year Post to learn about all Mr. Doar did for OTA Students

Dear Students, Teachers, Families and Friends,

I expect that those of you who know me will have gathered that this week
is the last one at OTA for my 8th grade son, Tom, and me. Since Tom
started at the school in 5th grade shortly after the school opened, it
has been a wonderful experience. Since we moved to Jamul in East County
from England in 2003, we have maintained our family connections both here
and in England and hope that we will continue to keep in contact with
everyone at OTA.

It has been a huge privilege to work in such a forward looking
environment and with such wonderful students and staff. I sincerely hope
that I will get to hear news from OTA as it continues to flourish and
expand. I will be keeping close links with the science and robotics
programs. If ever OTA families or students are able to visit England,
please look us up! It would be a real treat to hear from you. We live in
a part of England know as The Peak District near the towns of
Chesterfield, Derby, Sheffield and Nottingham. Manchester is about an
hour and a half to the north east, and London a two hour train journey to
the south.

Wishing you all the best for your time with OTA and the summer ahead!

Jon Doar.

OTA Calendar Notes: Wine & Dine • Grandparents Day • Poetry Winners

Thank You to all who helped w/ Wine & Dine, Auction, Grandparents Day, & Poetry Day!

Wine & Dine 2015 was fabulous as usual— a great celebration of Equity & Excellence for All and Quality Public Education. More news next week on the fundraising.

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Grandparents Day 2015! The rain came down but the show went on: Choir, Ballet, Classroom Projects, Art, Orchestra, Rock Band, Robotics, Art Shows, Grandparent Interviews, Computer Lab, Science Lab, Programming, Refreshments! We had it all.
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Thank you Anthony Kaneaster Choir Master (Video). Thank You John Nettles, who choreographed and wrote the music for the Ballet. Thank You City Ballet of San Diego Dancers. (Did your children like the Ballet? See them again May 8, May 9, May 10!)
Don Quixote Ballet

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  Grandparents Day Art Show 2 Grandparents Day Art Show 3
Thank you Sonja Donahue for the Student Art Projects Show. Thank you OTA Teachers for all your work getting your students and classrooms and labs ready. Thank you Bridget Celentino & Parent-Volunteers for refreshments and Welcome sign. Thank You 7th & 8th Graders for emergency rain accommodations!
Welcome Grandparents Sign 2015  Grandparents Day 2015

Poetry Contest 2015 was a Great Success. Thank you Bob Hamm and Judges! for running another great contest. Thank You Coldstone Creamery & Yellow Book Road Children’s Bookstore for sponsoring prizes (*see this year’s winners). Thank you Shakespeare Society and Charles Livingston for putting on a free clinic which encouraged at least 10 OTA students to tackle Shakespeare this year.
Poetry Contest Final-First Graders Shakespeare Tutorial

Other News

  • 2 Half Days this Month:
    • Wed, May 6;
    • Fri, May 22 (day before Memorial Day Weekend
  • YMCA K-3 OTA Soccer Team– Practice Tomorrow (Wed, May 6) at 12:30 with coach Danny Ramirez at the OTA Field
  • Come root for OTA Soccer Teams – Schedules Here (OTA is Team #8 on YMCA schedule).
  • Low Stakes Testing (Smarter Balanced) this Week. There will be no API score for a second year as the state has given schools more time to adapt to the common core standards. Nevertheless OTA must administer the tests and share the data with the state to help them refine the test questions. That process is going on this week.

*2015 Poetry Contest Winners Continue reading

OTA 2015 Spring Gala • K-8 Student Art Projects

Fourth Grade Student Art Project Finds a Home

Fourth Grade Student Art Project “Peaceable Kingdom” Finds a Home

Thank you Sonja Donahue, Kathy Mitchell, Steve Shupper, Alex Carter, Angela Chalfant, Dug Coleman (Surfboard Artist) for helping the students create these amazing Art Projects • Dan Schwartzman for the wonderful Photography • OTA Teachers & OTA Parent-Volunteers for helping in the classrooms… [Slideshow]

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Thank you OTA Families and Friends who bid on the projects at the
2015 Wine & Dine and raised over $13,000 to help support Old Town Academy.

Note: OTA Site was offline from Sat-Tues due to server/database crash at MediaTemple. Updates on Grandparents Day, Wine & Dine, Spring Testing & Field Trips on the Way!

Poetry Contest Final: April 23 in the 7th Grade Room

Directions to the Poetry Contest: Please Take the Elevator or Stairs to the First Floor and turn right to find the 7th Grade Room * Grandparents Day tomorrow!

Poetry-Finalists 2015 First Grade

First Grade 2015 Poetry Finalists

Every year OTA holds a Poetry Recitation Contest. All students in grades K-8 memorize a poem from the Listen, My Children Core Knowledge K-5 Poetry Collections, the 6th-8th Core Knowledge Poetry Lists, or any passage from Shakespeare. Outside judges evaluated recitations for understanding, delivery, & difficulty and chose 3 students to represent each grade in the Poetry Final.

Click link to see finalists from each grade2015 Poetry Final Contestants

Browse the Core Knowledge Poetry Selections:

The Nine Muses: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomeni, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Ourania and Calliope. Learn more about each Muse below**

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Highlights • April 12 Point Loma High “Future Pointers” K-8 Track Meet (Slideshow)

OTA Outdoor Ed-2015 Track Meet 1

Blue Ribbon!

  • Thank you to all OTA students who competed and parents who cheered!
  • Thank you Coach Curry & Mrs Curry for making it all possible!
  • Slideshow with more highlights coming soon!
OTA Outdoor Ed-2015 Track Meet-First Place

First Place Boys 4×100 relay (back to back victories 2014, 2015)

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OTA Outdoor Ed-2015 Track Meet 2

First Place “Boys 4×100 relay” team… and friends!

“Because we had two girls we had to run with the all boys division! Lyndon, Aiyana, Shyla, Spencer. They were magnificent. The ONLY coed team.” — Coach Curry

6th Grade Starts Piano Maestro – Sight Reading Music – Playing with the Band!

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Why Piano Maestro? OTA Students started their piano journey with Soft Mozart, a perfect introduction to musical notation and the keyboard. But now they are ready to move up to the next level. The program is free on iPads for students at OTA (Download App, sign in, register w/ Anthony Kaneaster as teacher): all you need is an iPad and a keyboard (no cables!).

Piano Maestro-Joy Tunes Why Study Music

Piano Maestro-Learning Lab App of the Week

Reminder: Introducing Music Academy of San Diego! Friday 4 PM • OTA Parents & Students, come learn about the new After School music program

  • Music Academy*NEW Violins, Violas, Cello Instruction, Mon, Friday

*** Please arrive early so we can start on time. Parking is available in front of the field after 3:30. Old Town Academy address: 2120 San Diego Ave, 92110  7th Grade Room is on the first floor, first right out of elevator ***

Musicians Playing for you today:

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Ai Nihira – Violin
– Contracted Musician from the San Diego Symphony
– Master Graduate from Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale School of Music    
 
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Chiyuan Chen – Viola
– Principal Viola of the San Diego Symphony
– Top-prize winner of 2000 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and 2004 International Paris Viola Competition Ville d’Avray
-Doctoral’s degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory 
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Yao Zhao – Cello
– Principal Cello of the San Diego Symphony
– Top Ten Outstanding Young Chinese Cellist
– Faculty at the SDSU and Idyllwild Arts Academy
– Graduated from USC with Ms. Eleonore Schoenfeld
 
Jian Chan
Jian Chen – Cello
– Contracted Musician from the San Diego Symphony
– Master’s degree and Doctoral candidate from USC
– Three grade Sydney Chan’s mom!!!
Stanny Shiu / 肖宁
Director/  Music Academy of San Diego, Inc.
Director/ Asia Pacific Arts Management Ltd.
Executive Director / Great Wall International Music Academy
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Young Violinists

Friday, January 26th 30th at 4 PM in the 7th Grade Room, musicians and instructors from the Virtuoso Music Academy and the San Diego Symphony will present a 30 minute concert and presentation for parents interested in signing up for After School Strings Instruction.

Classes will start the second week of the quarter, meeting Monday and/or Friday (exact schedule TBD). Students will be accepted in Violin, Viola, and Cello (See What Instrument Do You Want to Play?), Grades K-8 welcome. OTA Orchestra with Mr. John Nettles will continue Tu & Th, with the VMA Teachers focusing on technique and on teaching students how to practice.

Why Study Music? Is Music the Key to Success?

Music Academy of San Diego Logo

Learn from the best!
Dear Parents: Based on our decade of classical music education experience, we can’t wait to bring the best music education to students in greater San Diego. We will also bring the most renowned artists from the stage to our classroom; and vice versa, we will bring our best students from the classroom to the International music stages!

— Music Academy of San Diego Director, Stanny Shui

Reminder: Instruction begins promptly at 8:10. Please arrive early so your child gets the best hours of the day

Dear Parents, we have noticed an increase in tardy children whose late arrival is disrupting ten after 8 o clock-gray bkgrndclassroom instruction…

  • Old Town Academy students start every day with Mathematics: missing even 10 minutes a day adds up to 30 hours of missed math instruction over the course of our 185-day school year!

Please help your child and other OTA students do their best by arriving on time.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Mrs. Kamanski

Thank You ResMed, for Supporting the Music-Math Lab!

ResMed, a local medical company specializing in sleep apnea and respiratory care solutions, is a generous supporter of San Diego Education non-profits that work with children. At an Awards Luncheon yesterday ResMed presented OTA with a grant to support our Kiwanis Club of San Diego (Serving the World’s Children) Music-Math Learning Acceleration Lab
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What is ST (Spatial Temporal) Math?

Why ST Math?

ST Math score nationwide

Why Music at OTA?

2014 Music-It-Makes-You-Smarter-and-Younger

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

OTA Jog-a-Thon Surprise Dedication: ALICIA & TONY GWYNN FIELD!

Gwynn Family at Tony & Alica Gwynn Field Dedication

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Tony & Alicia Gwynn Field*

 

Calendar Notes: Friday- Half Day • Monday- Holiday • Yearbook Orders Due Tomorrow!

  • Tomorrow, Friday May 22 is a Half-Day: 12 PM Dismissal (After School Classes still meet, right after school unless your child’s teacher has contacted you to cancel)
  • Yearbook Orders are Due Friday
  • Monday, May 25 is a Holiday
    Memorial Day

Remember there is no school on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings….

* Continue reading

Next Week is Teacher Appreciation Week • Call for Volunteers • “It’s All About Quality Teaching”

The Learning Curve-Voice of San DiegoFrom “The Learning Curve: Go Where the Good Teachers Are,” by Voice of San Diego reporter Mario Koran

QuestionWhat kinds of school qualities have a measurable impact on student “success,” however we choose to define that? We talk a lot about API scores or class sizes, but in the grand scheme of things, which factors have the most real and important impact on preparing kids for the future? – parent in Mission Valley 

Answered by Paula Cordeiro, dean of the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. In addition, she helps get schools up and running in developing countries. When I first reached out to her on this question, she wrote me from Ghana:

Well, the research on in-school learning is quite clear about the key factors for student success. It’s all about quality teaching. So, first and foremost, teachers matter. Give a school all high-quality teachers, and I’ll guarantee there will be lots of learning taking place… 

I believe it very much matters what schools we send our children to. Because I’ve spent my entire career working with and in schools and studying the research on learning, I can spend a few hours in a school and tell you if it’s worth considering sending your children there.

*** *** *** *** ***

Dear OTA Parents, next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, please help us show our teachers at OTA how much we appreciate them by bringing small item to your child’s teacher each day.  It’s a small gesture that goes a long way.

  • Monday:  Have your child bring a flower.
  • Tuesday:  Have your child bring a piece of fruit.
  • Wednesday:  Lunch for the teachers.  The Alicia Gwynn Food Truck will provide the food for the teachers but we will need parent volunteers to cover the class while the teachers have lunch.
    • Please sign up to volunteer.  Class communicators will be reaching out with sign up genius links.
  • ThursdayHave your child bring a note for their teacher. 

Thank you for participating!

Regards,

Kuan Collins
OTA Foundation President